Eric Chester is the premier expert on the emerging workforce.
He began his career as a high school business teacher and coach. After six years in the classroom, Eric launched out as a motivational speaker for students, and in the decade that followed, he became one of America’s top speakers for youth visiting hundreds of schools throughout the US and Canada and inspiring millions of high school and college students to reach higher and work harder.
Leading companies and organizations soon discovered that Eric had “cracked the code” on the emerging generation and sought out Eric’s advice on how they could better engage the under 30 workforce. With his engaging, often irreverent style, he quickly became a favorite keynote speaker for corporate meetings and events.
Since 1998, Eric Chester has been the leading voice in recruiting, training, managing, motivating, and retaining young talent. More than 200 clients including 7-Eleven, McDonald’s, Wells Fargo, Harley-Davidson, Allstate, ServiceMaster, and Alcoa, have turned to Eric to help them better understand and engage their emerging workforce.
Chester is also the Founder of The Center for Work Ethic Development, a firm offering cutting-edge curriculum and online training resources for leaders, high school and college students, workforce training centers, and all levels of employees.
With a diminishing work ethic being a primary concern for today’s employers, Eric frequently appears on national media to provide insight and perspective to business leaders, educators, and concerned adults. He’s the author of the business books Employing Generation Why (Tucker House Books) and Getting Them to Give a Damn (Kaplan). His 2012 release, Reviving Work Ethic – A Leader’s Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Workforce – is the first business book on work ethic since 1904.
Eric’s next book, “On Fire at Work: How 51 Great Leaders Ignite Passion in their People without Burning them Out,” was released in October 2015.